Muthoni Drummer Queen is one of the most conscientious singers in the cuntry. The dark-skinned lady also has the enviable record of being the founder of arguably the most influential music festival in the country, that being Blankets and Wine.
A platform that she has used succesfully to promote her eclectic taste in music. She is also outspoken and is no shrinking violet about things that she holds close to her heart.
She reminded Kenyans recently of this admirable trait in herself when she called on music platforms to remove the song Waah by DiamondPlatnumz feauturing Koffi Olomide.
The reason for her gripe is that Congolese singer Koffi is a convicted rapist. “Koffi Olomide is a convicted rapist you need to de-platform this song …” She wrote on her Instastories.
The 64 years old, was in 2019 found guilty and sentenced to a two-year suspended prison sentence for the statutory rape of one of his former dancers when she was 15. Four former dancers claimed he se3ually assaulted them several times between 2002 and 2006.
This will be an interesting experiment of the reach and influence Muthoni has. Also it brings the question of whether one should separate the art from the artiste.
Last year, Spotify removed R Kelly from its playlists as part of a new “Hate Content & Hateful Conduct” policy. Users of the streaming service will still be able to find the R&B singer’s music, but Spotify will no longer actively promote it.